Cuba Libre

November 16, 2016 by Lamar Powell

The world’s second most popular drink was born in a collision between the United States and Spain. It happened during the Spanish-American War at the turn of the century when Teddy Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and Americans in large numbers arrived in Cuba. One afternoon, a group of off-duty soldiers from the U.S. Signal Corps were gathered in a bar in Old Havana. Fausto Rodriguez, a young messenger, later recalled that Captain Russell came in and ordered Bacardi (Gold) rum and Coca-Cola on ice with a wedge of lime. The captain drank the concoction with such pleasure that it sparked the interest of the soldiers around him. They had the bartender prepare a round of the captain’s drink for them. The Bacardi rum and Coke was an instant hit. As it does to this day, the drink united the crowd in a spirit of fun and good fellowship. When they ordered another round, one soldier suggested that they toast ¡Por Cuba Libre! in celebration of the newly freed Cuba. The captain raised his glass and sang out the battle cry that had inspired Cuba’s victorious soldiers in the War of Independence.


 

A very uncomplicated yet such a refreshing beverage.

 

Ingredients

  • 60ml Barcardi Carta Fuego
  • Cola to top

 

Method

  1. Add ingredients into a high ball
  2. Stir
  3. Add Fresh Lime wedges

 

Glassware

Highball

 

Garnish

Lime Wedges

 

Personally, I like it served in a short glass with equal parts of Rum-Cola and a squeeze of fresh lime.

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